It looks like Halo gamers can finally put an end to their needless worrying. Showtime has just confirmed the inclusion of Master Chief in its upcoming Halo television series.
The Hollywood Reporter just managed to get its hands on the casting notices for Showtime's new live-action Halo series, and according to the casting, the network is planning to put the spotlight on the video game franchise's iconic Master Chief. Described by the casting notice as a "Spartan-like warrior of large build," Master Chief's participation in the series has finally been confirmed. Fans have been worrying about the Master Chief's place in the series ever since Showtime announced that it was working on a Halo live-action series – the character wasn't mentioned in the network's announcement.
Of course, it would be hard to imagine a Halo live-action without John. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy John 117 is the main protagonist of the Halo game series. The character also appears in the franchise's books and graphic novels including Halo: The Flood, Halo: First Strike, and Halo: The Fall of the Reach.
The only question now is whether or not Showtime is going to give John a face in the series. A towering cybernetically-enhanced super soldier, Master Chief was raised and trained to be a faceless weapon. Gamers never get to see the character without his armor and helmet in the video game series – will Showtime follow the same tradition on the show?
Let's cross our fingers and just wait and see.
Halo doesn't have a release date yet, however, production is set to begin in June next year.